Part of 🌰︎ chestnut / chinkapin  genus Castanea in beech / oak  family Fagaceae in bayberry / beech / birch / oak / walnut  order Fagales.

Native to eastern 🇺🇸 USA and very-southern 🇨🇦 Canada.   🌎︎ Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (colors), 🌎︎ map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Formerly abundant and a major com­po­nent of the Eastern hardwood forest, this tree is almost extinct in the wild, having been killed by a bark fungal disease chestnut blight  Cryphonectria parasitica.

Although I see that my local Conservation District is selling bare-root trees of this species, but grown from in-state survivors of the blight, known to be resistant.  Worth a try, to resurrect this amazing piece of Americana!

The disease also impacts (not quite as hard) this tree's closely-related (even shares most of its home range) sister species Allegheny chinquapin  Castanea pumila.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Castanea hosts caterpillars of 129 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

Learn more about 🌰︎ American chestnut Castanea dentata

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